History

Keating International SAS (KI) was founded in 2012 in Lyon FRANCE by Patrick J. Keating on the 100th Anniversary of the etablishment of Keating International Inc. in 1912 in the USA by Frank Keating - Patrick's great grandfather.

 

The inspiration for the the business model developed at KI came mainly from Patrick's experience at Hambrecht & Quist Investment Banking (H&Q) in San Francisco from 1996-1998.  With its focus on taking technology companies from "an idea to an IPO" using its propriety research-driven approach H&Q became one of the leading technnology investment banks of its time serving clients such as Apple, Genentech, Netscape, Amazon and Pixar.  

 

Combined with the "crossing the chasm" methodologies from Geoffrey Moore's book entitled, "Crossing the Chasm" and partnership with his company - the Chasm Group - KI has developed a platform based upon proven methodologies and best practices designed specifically for our focus market segments.

 

The name came from another Keating International Inc. – an International Harvester Corporation (IHC)/CaseIH farm equipment dealership - acquired from its previous owner in 1912 by Frank Keating (great grandfather of Patrick Keating) in Atkinson Nebraska.  Frank had settled in Atkinson after riding his horse over 100 miles in the middle of a brutally cold winter across the frozen prairie from his family’s homestead in the Sandhills area of Nebraska to seek a new life for himself. 

 

A family of entrepreneurs followed him with Frank’s son Phil Keating taking over the business followed by Phil’s sons – John and Robert. After Robert passed away in 1979 John continued to lead Keating International until his retirement and the closure of the company in 1987.

 

Then, in 1990, another entrepreneur – Boyd Mitchell – acquired the site in Atkinson from John and re-established the CaseIH dealership that is today known as Mitchell Equipment.

 


 

                                                 John F. Keating - CEO of Keating International Inc. - Atkinson Nebraska - 1984.

 

 

 

                                                      Keating International Inc. - Line of New IHC Tractors - 1984

 

 

                                                           Keating Brothers Cattle Feeding Operation - 1984